About The Programs

Midtown and Metro provide supplementary after-school and summer programs that serve 4th-12th grade students from low-income families in the city of Chicago. Both centers provide academic enrichment, character education, individual attention, and extra-curricular activities for students, and parenting classes and discussions for parents.

We recommend applying as early as possible to avoid the waiting list. New students will be contacted for an interview. Registration is not complete until payment is made. Admission is at the discretion of the program staff. Please see the center’s page to apply!

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Academic Enrichment

By focusing on homework and classroom enrichment, volunteer tutors provide students with the academic help they need succeed in school. Metro-Midtown also empowers students to take their education into their own hands by connecting them with scholarship organizations. 

Character Education

By learning about virtues and good habits, students develop the necessary tools to become better students, sons or daughters, sisters or brothers, and friends. In the character development class, students discuss and learn how to practically implement virtues such as respect, service to others, and hard work.

Individual Attention

Each student that participates in Midtown-Metro programs is assigned a volunteer tutor-mentor that works with them the entire school year. With a focus on academics and character development, time spent each week with the same volunteer has proven to be an integral part of the overall improvement of the student. 

Parent Involvement

Metro-Midtown parent programs support parents in their role as the primary educators of their children through classes, discussions, conferences, and more.


Our Programs

4th - 6th Grade | One-on-One Program (ONE)

Metro Girls | Midtown Boys

The Walgreens One-on-One Program is designed to give young students the tools they need to be successful students and confident young adults. The program combines academic support, character development, individual attention and electives to challenge students to be the best they can be.

7th - 8th Grade | Metro-Midtown Achievement Program (MAP)

Metro Girls | Midtown Boys

The Middle School Program supports middle school students in their goal of enrolling in college preparatory high schools. The holistic program enables middle school students to be studious, confident, and responsible as they enter high school. 

9th - 12th Grade | College Orientation Program (COP)

Metro Girls | Midtown Boys

The College Orientation Program is designed to guide and motivate high school students in their work to achieve success in college and beyond. The program helps students navigate the college matching and acceptance process through a combination of skill-building, academic enrichment, career and professional exploration, college-readiness activities, individual advising, individual tutoring, and summer apprenticeships.